Labyrinthitis, acute

  • Inflammation of inner ear
  • Symptoms may include sudden onset of dizziness, nausea, vomiting or involuntary movement of the eyes
  • Cause unknown or may be associated with viral or bacterial infections
  • Cannot be spread from person to person
  • Affects males and females but more common in females
  • Can occur at any age but more common in middle age
  • May be mild to severe
  • Not life threatening but episodes can greatly impact function and quality of life

  • Avoid smoking, caffeine and alcohol
  • Rest in bed until dizziness has passed

 

FOR DIZZINESS

  • Use caution when driving or operating heavy machinery
  • Immediately sit or lie down when dizzy
  • Prevent falls by walking carefully and with a cane if necessary and by using good lighting

 

FOR NAUSEA

  • Drink clear or ice-cold drinks (avoid drinks high in sugar)
  • Eat light, bland foods (crackers or plain bread)
  • Avoid fried, greasy, or sweet foods
  • Eat slowly and eat smaller, more frequent meals
  • Do not mix hot and cold foods
  • Avoid activity after eating
  • Over-the-counter medicine (refer to manufacturer’s recommendations for dosage):
    • Diphenhydramine
    • Cyclizine
    • Dimenhydrinate
    • Meclizine

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